Iran's Rouhani calls for better Gulf ties in call with Qatar Emir

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This is not to say that the Iranian people are in favour of Rouhani, a man who executed nearly 4,000 people in just four years, boasts about Iran's support for the dictator Bashar al-Assad, and now presides over an Iran where millions live in poverty; just that Khamenei felt that Raisi would cause the biggest protests.

While many Iranians may not love Rouhani, they fear Raisi. This, too, overstates the importance of Iran's president.

Sitting above everything is Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, arguably the biggest check on Rouhani.

Khamenei's passing will present an opportunity for Rouhani to shape the succession and perhaps even become the new supreme leader. The votes were sent to Iran via the Pakistani Embassy in Washington. He criticised his main rival, Ebrahim Raisi, for his role in ordering the executions of political dissidents. Unless New Delhi can cash in on Rouhani's victory, Beijing will muscle in.

Iran's prospects look quite different with Rouhani in charge.

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During the phone conversation, the Iranian president said that Tehran welcomes the expansion of cooperation with its neighboring countries, including Russian Federation, adding, "Iran is ready to bolster bilateral and regional cooperation with Russian Federation with more determination and we will witness more close cooperation between the two countries in the future". As with the Guard, Iran's president has no direct control over the courts.

According to Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a close friend and ally of Rouhani, while the focus of the first term was on the nuclear issue, the second term will focus on regional diplomacy. So Rouhani is not just the "moderate" president, he is also the president of economic recovery.

In his speech, Rouhani showed to have made his mind to abandon his past policy of forbearance and bring his economic improvement project full circle by healing this nagging transparency sore. His detractors, however, claimed that this growth mainly reflected higher oil exports, and pointed out that it has not trickled down to all levels of society, leaving many Iranian households still suffering from poverty and unemployment. They argued it gave away too much for too little. Mr Rouhani won in a "landslide", many headlines blared. The Syrian civil war remains an important burden for Iran's economy and diplomacy.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump visited regional ally Saudi Arabia for his first overseas trip since taking office.

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Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region.

In the past eight years, however, Iranian students who adamantly support the Islamic regime have arrived, Bahrami said. Had Raisi won, mutual distrust between the U.S. and Iran could well have boiled over, despite Raisi's stated support for the nuclear deal. Just a few weeks ago, in fact, the administration was forced to admit that Rouhani is fulfilling its part of the nuclear deal.

According to the statement, Putin and Rouhani agreed to continue maintaining contacts within bilateral and multilateral formats, as well as expressed commitment to deepen the multifaceted bilateral interaction in accordance with the agreements reached during the visit of Rouhani to Russian Federation on March 27-28. "We are waiting for this government to settle. Some of the most talented Iranians are Jews", Bahrami said.

"We are picking one side in this geopolitical struggle, and there is very little room for gray", said Frederic Wehrey, a senior fellow in the West Asia Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "Americans were only successful in their engagement with the Iranian nation during the nuclear talks". It is an opportunity that should not be squandered. Rouhani's domestic and foreign policy reforms will be anything but a cake-walk.

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